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Summary for 2801 S Hanford ST S / Parcel ID 1282300445 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare- Colonial Neighborhood: North Rainier Valley
Built By: Year Built: 1906
In the opinion of the survey, this property appears to meet the criteria of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
Built in 1906, this building was occupied by John Goldsberry and Charles Wellons in 1941, according to Polk directories. By 1949, C. E. Fletcher and Mattie. L. Wellons occupied the building. Mrs. Wellons remained in the building through 1953. By 1955, Benjamin Maez and Harry Schultz lived in the building. Dolly Walther moved into the house in 1957, staying through 1959. By 1962, Harry F. Schultz lived in the house. By 1964 the building was remodeled to form four individual units. Mrs. Charles Simmons occupied the building from 1968 through 1970. Mrs. Simmons rented the other units as lodgings. The North Rainier Valley consists of a depression created by glaciation between the ridges of Beacon Hill and Mount Baker. The valley derives its name from Mount Rainier because of stunning views of the mountain. The area’s growth followed the early streetcar line, which was completed to Columbia City in 1890. The North Rainier Valley includes the area north of Columbia City and contained many early vegetable farms. Commercial development followed along the streetcar line, with housing built nearby. During the first decades of the 20th century, the area between Massachusetts and Atlantic Streets was home to Seattle’s largest Italian enclave, “Garlic Gulch.” Dugdale Ball Park opened on the corner of Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street in 1913, and was succeeded by Sick’s Stadium in 1938. World War II precipitated a surge in housing development, including the public housing project, Rainier Vista, in 1943. Following the war, the area attracted a mix of African-Americans, Asians, and Filipinos. Today this diverse, low-to-middle income neighborhood is unique within Seattle with its long narrow form focused on the Rainier Avenue transportation corridor.
Built in 1906, this substantial, Colonial Revival style, single-family dwelling stands on a rectangular corner lot. The building is oriented to South Hanford Street on a flat site at street level. This 1045 square foot, two-story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 28’ by 38’, with a small front stoop. The original, nearly full facade front porch no longer remains. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, clapboard-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition roofing covers the side gable roof and front facing gable dormer. Modest closed eave and gable overhangs with eave returns define the roofline. Wood sash and contemporary multiple-pane windows with painted wood casings provide day lighting. A prominent, bowed corner bay window accents the front facade with a bay window projecting on the side facade. A short flight of stairs flanked by low cheek walls leads to the front entrance. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2801 S Hanford ST S / Parcel ID 1282300445 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Multiple Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "North Rainier Valley Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 2801 S Hanford ST S / Parcel ID 1282300445 / Inv #

Photo taken Sep 17, 2003

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